16 August 2021 – 1 Kings 8:27 (NIV)

Scripture

“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!”

Reflection

Solomon is praying a prayer of dedication over the magnificent temple that he had just constructed for the Lord. He is also recognizing that as huge as the temple maybe, God is much bigger. The temple cannot contain God in the literal sense but will God still choose to dwell there? The answer is, Yes He will. Why? Because he promised his people that He would.

The lesson to us is two-fold. It speaks to the greatness of the God we serve. We cannot limit God to the simple‘box’ of our imaginations. His ways are higher than ours, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Ref. Isaiah 55:9). He is more than capable of dealing with whatever problems that we might face. In addition, this same mighty, powerful, awesome God chose to dwell in our hearts. Through the Holy Spirit, He resides in our bodily temple and he is always available to guide us through everything that we face in our daily life.
May we be encouraged by this fact today. Our God dwells among us.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Pray for the future of Hengshan Community Church, the pastor and the staff.

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Dr. Nicoleen Johnson is from Jamaica and she is the Welcome Ministry Leader at Shanghai Community Fellowship. She is a Business Consultant China Specialist and University Lecturer in Business Management. Dr. Johnson has studied, worked and lived in China since 1997.